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Rochester Rehabilitation Receives $4 Million Grant

Department of Labor grant will improve access to career training and placement while supporting working parents with child care during job training

Rochester, NY (June 21, 2016) Rochester Rehabilitation was recently awarded a $4 million grant from the Federal Department of Labor enabling the agency to partner with other organizations and area employers to create access to living-wage jobs, and support career advancement in in-demand industries for parents with dependent children at home. Job training, job placement, career advancement, benefits management, and child support will be available.

Rochester Rehabilitation’s award is part of a larger $54 million nationwide grant secured by the Department of Labor through its Strengthening Working Families Initiative. It is one of 14 in the nation and the only one awarded in New York State. U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand were instrumental in securing the funding for Rochester Rehabilitation.

The Employment Connection programs at Rochester Rehabilitation help adults with disadvantages successfully find and keep jobs through initiatives such as Learning to Achieve by Self-Reliance, Supported Employment, Refugees Employment Services, and others.

“Our team is pleased to lead this effort in our community,” said Mary Walsh Boatfield, President and CEO of Rochester Rehabilitation. “By working together with other organizations, parents will be able to access affordable, quality child care and participate in job training programs offered by Rochester Rehabilitation and compete for better paying jobs.”

On this initiative, Rochester Rehabilitation is partnering with the Child Care Council, Action for A Better Community, the United Way of Rochester, and the Workforce Development Institute.

As an experienced provider of employment services, Rochester Rehabilitation’s Employment Connection has served thousands of people with disabilities and other populations with a disadvantage. Their team of employment specialists networks with dozens of local hiring managers in a broad range of businesses to fill vital roles and maximize employer and employee success.

Rochester Rehabilitation, a partner agency of the Al Sigl Community of Agencies, recently aligned with another Sigl agency, CP Rochester, as part of that agency’s passive parent corporation, Ability Partners, Inc. which also includes Happiness House in Ontario County. Boatfield is the President and CEO of all three agencies. The addition of Rochester Rehabilitation to Ability Partners Inc. has enhanced the scope of high quality services of all three organizations, provided a larger operational platform, leveraged resources, and enhanced cost effectiveness.


Founded in 1919, Rochester Rehabilitation operates six services in the rehabilitative areas of adaptive sports and inclusive recreation, employment and job support, driver evaluation and training, and mental health services. It is a partner agency of the Al Sigl Community of Agencies and serves 4,000 people annually in the Greater Rochester area.


Media Contacts:

Dave Carro

585-286-9711 x1322

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